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Thieves by Law

Directed by: Alexander Gentelev
90 Minutes, 2010

Following the stories of three mafiosi-cum-businessmen, Thieves By Law paints a fascinating tableau of men that would make Tony Soprano cringe. Most intriguing, though, are their personal histories interwoven with the evolution of the Russian Mafia itself. Beginning in Stalin’s gulags and slowly transforming into an international organization, the mafia and Code of Thieves have always directly correlated to the political struggles of the Soviet Union-reflecting society back to the government like a funhouse mirror.


Director: Alexander Gentelev

Producer: Simone Baumann

Producer: Sasha Klein

Producer: Maya Zinshtein

Producer: Julie Shles

Writer: Alexander Gentelev

Editor: Alik Baskin

Cinematographer: Sergei Freedman